The Bears (5-0, 2-0 in Big 12) climbed three spots in Sunday’s updated poll, supplanting No. 18 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) as the league’s highest-rated team after the Sooners fell to unranked Texas, 36-20, in the Cotton Bowl. It marks Baylor’s highest placement in the AP poll since the Bears reached No. 8 during the 1991 season.
The Bears’ previous high under coach Art Briles was No. 13 in the final AP poll of the 2011 season. The Bears finished No. 12 in the final coaches poll in 2011. Baylor also was No. 12 in Sunday's coaches poll, marking the first time the Bears have been the Big 12's highest-rated team in those rankings.
Baylor leads the nation in total offense (715.4 yards per game) and scoring (63.4 avg.) after Saturday’s 35-25 victory over Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan.
_ Jimmy Burch